|Project by tooldad||posted 12-22-2009 05:00 AM||1876 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
My son starts school an hour after I do, but I lucked out and have 2nd hour planning time so I am able to walk him up to school. Where I teach and his school are on the same campus, lucky for us. Anyways, he sits through my freshman class which at the end of the first semester, they make hand routered signs. My son has really taking a liking to these and wanted to try it for himself. So we decided to make one for his teacher and one for his grandpa. The grandpa one will be posted after christmas, just in case!
I already owned a nice dremel tool and I knew that there was a router base attachment for it. I didn’t really think a 5 year old was ready for a full size porter cable router just yet. After purchasing the router base, go figure, my dremel is too new or not the right type for the router base. So now back to the store to get another dremel. After setting it up, I am glad I have 2 separate dremels. It is not difficult, just tedius, and this one is dedicated to the router base.
All I can say is his eye-hand coordination is pretty good, and he has impressed the freshman students in my class.
For those that want to know how I do this, here goes:
I make a pattern using word and make it half the length that I want it to be on the sign and half the height. I then take it to the copier at school and 200% it onto 11×17 paper. We use 8×18 pieces of wood so that it fits just right on the board. I use old fashioned carbon paper (it is a sign of the times when my students don’t know that carbon paper is – or am I just getting old?) and transfer the pattern to the board.
Router out the pattern using choice of a round nose, straight, or a v-groove bit. Paint the letter and design, then send it through the planer to shave off the top layer or sand it off with 60 grit sandpaper if I feel the planer would break off narrow pieces. It is then finished with spray on lacquer.